Assistant Secretary Gordon traveled to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11, 2013. In The Hague, Assistant Secretary Gordon met with senior Dutch officials to discuss topics of regional and global concern and underscored support for Dutch security missions around the world. Assistant Secretary Gordon traveled to London on January 9, where he met with senior British government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues. At the start of the United Kingdom's G8 presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon also met with senior officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU). On January 10 and 11 in Dublin, Assistant Secretary Gordon met with senior Irish government officials to discuss bilateral and global issues. He also met with EU Political Directors as part of regular consultations with the EU to discuss issues on the transatlantic and global agendas.